Bespoke safety training for drivers who travel on smart motorways is being offered by the Highways Agency and the Freight Transport Association (FTA).
Aimed at commercial and haulage drivers, the course has been designed to provide practical, relevant training.
The eight hour, single day course covers the past, present and future of smart motorways, the different signals on the network, driver behaviour and the role of traffic officers.
A key aspect of the course is that it now integrates into the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC), the standard qualification for which all professional bus, coach and lorry drivers must complete 35 hours of training every five years.
Senior Partnership Manager at Highways England, Wayne Carey said: “Smart motorways reduce congestion, improve journey time reliability and add much needed capacity to some of the most congested sections of motorway and we are delighted with the take up to date of this course. We urge any haulier who wants to sharpen up their skills to sign up.”